WHITE PLAINS, NY (June 18, 2014) -- Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the largest workplace law firms in the world representing management, is pleased to announce Paul A. Friedman has joined the firm’s White Plains office as Shareholder. Mr. Friedman, who was previously a Member of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C.’s Employee Benefits practice, brings to Jackson Lewis over 30 years of experience litigating ERISA issues before United States bankruptcy courts, district courts and courts of appeal on behalf of employers, plan sponsors and fiduciaries across a wide range of industries.
“We are pleased to welcome Paul to our team,” said Joy M. Napier-Joyce, Baltimore Shareholder and leader of the firm’s Employee Benefits Practice Group. “His extensive employee benefits expertise, combined with his outstanding professional reputation as a knowledgeable, capable ERISA litigator, make Paul a great complement to our expanding roster.”
“Paul is an outstanding addition to our office,” added Joseph A. Saccomano, Jr., Managing Shareholder of Jackson Lewis’ White Plains office. “His arrival highlights Jackson Lewis’ continuing commitment to attracting strong lateral attorneys. We are excited for him to join our local team and further strengthen our footprint in the area.”
Mr. Friedman, who has served as litigation counsel on behalf of numerous multiemployer and single-employer employee benefit plans in ERISA matters, devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the defense of employers, plan sponsors, fiduciaries and financial institutions against claims brought under ERISA by benefit funds, plan beneficiaries and the United States Department of Labor on a myriad of issues relating to breach of fiduciary duties, excessive plan expenses, benefit entitlement issues, retiree health benefits and functional fiduciary liability.
He regularly defends employers that have been assessed withdrawal liability under the Multiemployer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980 or have experienced increased liability due to the passage of the Pension Protection Act of 2006. Mr. Friedman also performs employee benefits due diligence for buyers or sellers in mergers and acquisitions transactions.
Mr. Friedman has served as a member of the Supreme Court of New Jersey Ethics Committee and as the ERISA coordinator of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. He has advised Congress on proposed benefits legislation and has lectured on benefits law to the United States Department of Labor, the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries, and American Law Institute of the American Bar Association.
Mr. Friedman is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, New Jersey and New York. He received his J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and his B.A. from Rutgers University.
Jackson Lewis’ White Plains office can be reached at (914) 328-0404.
About Jackson Lewis
Founded in 1958, Jackson Lewis is dedicated to representing management exclusively in workplace law. With over 770 attorneys practicing in 55 locations throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, Jackson Lewis is included in the AmLaw 100 and Global 100 rankings of law firms. U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" named Jackson Lewis the 2014 "Law Firm of the Year" in the Litigation-Labor and Employment category. The firm was also named a Tier 1 National “Best Law Firm” inEmployment Law – Management; Labor Law – Management; and Litigation – Labor & Employment, and earned a spot on the BTI Power Elite for being recognized by corporate counsel as one of the top law firms in building and maintaining client relationships. The firm’s wide range of specialized areas of practice provides the resources to address every aspect of the employer/employee relationship. Jackson Lewis has one of the most active employment litigation practices in the United States, with a current caseload of over 6,500 litigations and approximately 550 class actions.
Jackson Lewis is a founding member of L&E Global Employers’ Counsel Worldwide, an alliance of premier employment law boutique firms and practices in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific Region.
Additional information about the firm can be found at www.jacksonlewis.com.